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Biographical entry Lazarides, Michael (Mike) (1928 - 2011)

26 February 1928
Townsville, Queensland, Australia
14 November 2011
Systematic botanist


Mike Lazarides was regarded as the leading botanist on the flora of Australia's arid and drier tropical regions. He was also an expert on the grass family (Poaceae), and published revisions of Australian Chlorideae and the genera Eragrostis, Eriachne and Triodia. Between 1949 and 1992 he made 35 collecting trips, mostly in Western Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland and South Australia. Lazarides was renowned for the quality of his collections which were accompanied by extensive field notes with information on abundance, habit and habitat. Over 6,200 of his collections are in the Australian National Herbarium. Publications included comprehensive works on Australian and southeast Asian grasses, weeds, economic plants and contributions to the Flora of Australia. He described over 120 new taxa including six new genera.



Career position - Appointed Botanical Assistant, Northern Territory Regional Survey, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
1965 - 1966
Career position - Australian Botanical Liaison Officer, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Education - MSc, University of Leicester
Award - Smithsonian Institution grant to work on the Flora of Ceylon
Award - SEATO Fellowship
1975 - 1980
Career position - Systematic botanist, Australian National Herbarium
Life event - Retired
1993 - 2002
Career position - Honorary Research Fellow, Australian National Herbarium

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  • Nightingale, Maggie, West, Judy and Lazarides, Wayne, 'Michael (Mike) Lazarides [obituary]', Australian Systematic Botany Society Newsletter, vol. 150, 2012, pp. 27-35. Details

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